Farmer to Farmer Conference


Kimberley Fitch 
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project 


Thursday December 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM 
Thursday December 9, 2010 at 6:30 PM 

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Sturbridge Host Hotel 
366 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566

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Farmer-to-Farmer Conference

Sponsored by:

high mowing

Farm Credit East 2    RMA

Boston organics

Register Now for the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project  Farmer-to-Farmer Conference.  If you are a diversified direct-market farmer looking to expand your farm businesses through networking with peers to learn new skills, this conference is for you!

The conference will provide:

 Farm Business Expertise: farmers will learn from seasoned experts and from each other about how to maximize farm business enterprise potential.

 Panel Discussions:  Speaker panels will cover topics in the areas of soil fertility, farm business and financial planning, strategies for ensuring the health of livestock, and building sustainable communities around food. 

 Peer to Peer Learning: a facilitated World Café discussion will give farmers a chance to choose discussion topics of interest on site and share best practices. Enjoy a networking lunch and a farmer-to-farmer networking reception. 

 Good Food and Drink: enjoy a networking lunch and a farmer-to-farmer networking reception.

The fee for this conference is $40, which includes lunch and a networking reception.  Fee increases to $50 after November 19 (late registration).    You may qualify for a conference scholarship. 

Schedule of Events

9:00 AM - Event Registration
9:30 AM -  Welcoming Remarks
10:15 - 11:30 AM - Concurrent Panel Discussions

  • Good Soil Health - Your Success Depends on It
  • Preventive Farm Care through Business and Financial Planning
  • Livestock Health - Prescriptions for Maximizing Production and Profit Potential

11:30 AM - World Café Topic Selection12:15 PM - Lunch on the Patio
1:30 PM - World Café Forum
3:15 PM - Plenary Panel Presentation

"Building Healthy Community Around Healthy Food - Getting Everyone on Board"

4:30 PM - Closing Remarks & Farmer Reflections
5:15 - 6:30 PM - Networking  Reception (snacks & drinks!)

Transportation and Lodging
Long Distance Travel
Attendees can fly into either Logan Airport (Massachusetts) or Bradley Airport (Connecticut). From Logan airport, you may take public transportation to South Station (in Boston).  From South Station, the Greyhound bus provides service to Worcester (MA), which is 30 minutes drive to the conference site. 
From Bradley Airport, you can rent a car to take you to the conference site.  The drive is about 1 hour.
Regional Travel
Since it's still early in the game, we don't currently know about carpooling options by other registrants, but we are working to set up an online ride sharing system (I can add lodging shares to this), so that attendees can contact one another regarding carpooling and sharing lodging.  We will send an e-mail to contact attendees as we get closer to the date.
Below is a list of other (less expensive) hotel options which are near the Sturbridge Host Hotel:
Super 8 Hotel (across the street)
358 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA
Quality Inn (about 5 minutes drive)
478 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA
Please feel free to contact Kimberley Fitch, at if you have additional questions.